Saturday, 7 April 2012

Drawn Sketch

A sketch is a rapidly executed depiction of a subject; or a sketch can be of the completed composition for a later work. A sketch is used as part of an artist's preparatory work before they attempt a more detailed and finished artwork. A sketch is used to help the artist formulate their composition and outline their main ideas; for a more complete work.

Greek Temple Architecture - The anatomy of the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis

The Parthenon is a temple on the Acropolis in Athens
Dating to around 430BC
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Who were the Symbolists in 19th century French Painting

Symbolism was a late 19th-century movement in the arts. Symbolism originate as a literary movement, but it spread-out into other areas of the arts, namely painting. As an art movement Symbolism was primarily focused in France, the Netherlands, Russia and Belgium. (Read more after Break)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Squashed Relief / Shallow Relief

Shallow-Relief, also known in its Italian form as Rilievo Schiacciato, this type of relief is often used for the background areas of compositions and it would often be blended with Low-Relief which would form the main elements of the composition. Shallow-Relief was developed by the Italian Renaissance sculptor Donatello, which forms part of his major contribution to the development of sculpture during the high Renaissance. (Read more after Break)


An artist who is exceptionally skilled at drawing. e.g. Through his work the artist demonstrated a high degree of draftsmanship. An artist's ability to draw.

Sculptural Relief - Definition

Sculptural Relief is sculpture which consists that are carved on the surface of a material in order to make what is being depicted, stand out from the surrounding background.

Art Terms

An artists creative processes often follow the following path: Inspiration - Emulation - Innovation

For example in the case of Michelangelo he sought inspiration from the ancients, then attempted to emulate what they had achieved; but at the same time he innovated through his depiction of the human form.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Art Term

An art term a day, will put you on your way. Have a look at some past posts on art terms: Click

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sunk Relief

Sunk Relief is a type of sculptural relief which was predominant in Egypt. Sunk Relief would have been used on large surfaces, exterior walls, hieroglyphs and cartouches. The image is achieved through cutting deep relief into a completely flat surface. The relief can also be shallow. The main point of Sunk Relief, is that the image is literally sunken below and never rise above the original surface. The sculpture, however, can be modeled more fully with elements remaining at the original surface level. Thereby minimizing the level of effort required to complete the sculpture as the only part of the surface which needs to be cut and removed are the outlines of figures, objects and the detailing of these.

Key, the relief never rises beyond the original surface level of the material used.

Art History Timeline

Here is the start of our comprehensive Art History Timeline. A chronological view of Art History.

Monday, 2 April 2012

What is 'In Situ' - in art and why is it so important?

In situ derived from the Latin phrase, meaning 'in position'. With regard to art, 'in situ' refers to works of art which are made specifically for a host site, or a work of art that takes into account the site which it is to be installed, displayed and exhibited. As a result the work often compliments its surroundings, namely the architecture which frames it. Examples of works of art which were commissioned for specific functions and which were intended to remain in situ are: altarpieces, sculptures and frescoes. When these artworks are moved and relocated to galleries they often loose part of their context and elements of their meaning. As remaining in situ is often vital to our understanding and interpretation of artworks, in order to establish the nature and meaning of the artwork.

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Mid-Relief Sculpture

Mid-Relief, also known as half-relief or mezzo-rilievo, is less distinguishable as a sculptural technique. Mid-Relief is only where up to half of the subjects project from the ground, in addition none of the elements of the sculpture are undercut or fully disengaged from the background field. Mid-Relief is a happy medium between High-Relief and Low-Relief sculpture, and as a result borrows elements from both of these techniques.

Unions scrap plan for Easter weekend fuel strike

It has recently been announce that the transport union UNITE has called off its proposed strike over the Easter bank-holiday weekend. The result of government action in trying to limit the potential disruption and alleviated transport chaos in the coming weeks through informing the public to save fuel and fill their fuel tanks when possible. The result of a series of haphazard government announcements, created widespread anxiety throughout British society as the public began to fear whether they would be trapped without fuel during a crucial holiday travel period. The impact of the government announcements result in creating widespread panic and hysteria, rather than calming and reassuring the public that all was being done in order to successful reach a resolution with the Unions and to ensure appropriate measures were in place in order to minimize disruption.

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